A little walk inParks and gardensIn Marseille

Parks in Marseille

Marseille benefits from a privileged location in an exceptional natural environment between the sea, hills and Cliffs. The natural borders, the sea to the west and  hills in crown have contributed to the emergence and creation of the sites and unusual landscapes. Half of its territory is made up by natural areas with more than 700 hectares of parks and public gardens.

Unique parks

Old as the garden of Puget hill, the first public garden created in Marseille in 1801, an archaelogical site such as the garden of the History museum, an idyllic setting with views on the sea such as Valmer park, a green oasis  like Longchamp park or  opening onto natural areas that surround the  city such as Pastré park, parks and gardens in Marseille are a reflection of city’s great  diversity.


Remarkable Gardens

The city counts three “Remarkable Gardens” (a label awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication since 2005)


Borely Park

This 17 hectares garden owns a 18th century bastide (museum) enhanced by a “french-style” garden and a 19th century landscaped park. Its paths are very popular with joggers and walkers who enjoy strolling between the rose garden or discovering the rare species in the botanical garden. The lake, its pier, its refreshment bar and its restaurant (awaiting new management) complete multiple attractions on the site. Borely park is also a paradise for children with two playgrounds.

Allée Borély 13008


Park of the 26th centenary park

A 10 hectares urban park located in the heart of Marseille, located on the former Prado railway station. There is a bowling pitch for petanque and 2 children’s playground. In 2002, 4 thematic gardens were created (provencal, oriental, african and asian) symbolising the mix of cultures specific to Marseille.

Rond-point Zino Francescatti-13010


Magalone Park

In the heart of this garden nestled on Boulevard Michelet (surface area 1.4 hectares), we can find one of the rare bastides of the 18th century, its owner Messire Raphael de Magalone gave it his name. The garden was redesigned in 1901 by the landscape gardener Edouard André. A true baroque garden, values and perspectives, spaces and depths take all their relief by drawing geometrical shapes.

245 , Boulevard Michelet – 13009

Gardens listed as Historic monuments

We can find in Marseille two gardens listed as Historic monuments.


Longchamp palace park

The garden Lonchamp has been built up over time by the stratification of various projects, imagined or made on the site, since the 19th century, the Lonchamp park,  Borely Park, the gardens of la Magalone and the 26th century park were awarded the ” Remarkable Garden” label by the Ministry of Culture in 2005. It was a zoological garden from 1854 to 1987.

Place Henri Dunant – 13004


The Antique port garden (Le jardin des Vestiges)

The site of the Antique port (known  as le jardin des vestiges when it opened to the public in 1983) presents the result of the first major urban archaeological excavations carried out in France. The remains, revealed in 1967 on  a building site of the Centre bourse, are major historical landmarks. The site is structured around the  roman road, the Greek ramparts and around the Ancient port were the  largest visible shipwreck in the  world was discovered. This Roman road, lined with funerary monuments, enters the  city through a monumental entrance.

The entrance is through the  History museum inside the  shopping center “Centre Bourse”.


The one and only “Calanques national park” !

Famous all over the world for its grandiose landscapes of plunging limestone cliffs into the sea and Cosquer’s grotto, “the Calanques” is also home to exceptional biodiversity and cultural heritage.

First national park in Europe that is at the same time terrestrial, marine, insular and peri-metropolitan, the Calanques national park is a  real territorial project.


Others  exceptional parks and gardens in the  city of Marseille.


The park  la Buzine

The Château de la Buzine owes its fame to Marcel Pagnol. Having bought it with a  project of opening a real city of Cinema there. The writer was surprised when he arrived on the spot to recognize the building that he and his family walked past on the “chemin de la treille”56 , Traverse De la Buzine – 13011


Garden of the Pharo

The Emile Duclaux garden surrounding le Palais du Pharo, is characterized by the breathtaking view of the Old port and the north coast of Marseille. A path located by  a cliff, giving the opportunity for walkers to discover amazing views and the site is ideal for observing the procession of the ferries leaving the Old port, a true invitation to travel. During his stay in Marseille, in 1852, Louis Napoleon was seduced by the area and expressed the wish to have a residence there with its feet in the water. On the 15th of August 1858 the  first stone of the palace was laid.

Boulevard Charles Livon – 13007 Marseille


Pastré Park

Between “la pointe rouge” and ” la grotte Rolland” Pastre park is spread out on 112 hectares until the  hills of Marseilleveyre. In 1974, the countess Pastré, gave a part of her property to the city. The site, which has become one of the most beautiful jewels  of the  city’s Heritage, has two ponds, a canal, playgrounds, and hiking trails that seduce its many users. The upper part of the site retains its wild character and opens to hills of Marseilleveyre and the discovery of the Calanques. The entire wooded area is a  gateway for hiking lovers.

155, Avenue de Montredon – 13008


Prado Beach park

Before 1975, in spite of this 20 km seafront, Marseille did not have any facilities allowing swimmers easy access to the sea. With the creation of the Prado Beach park, 26 hectares of green spaces are now in harmony with 10 hectares of sandy beaches. Very user-friendly, this seafront park seduces with its multitude of assets in every seasons. Also, an internationally recognized skatepark (called the Bowl) is available to all sports enthusiasts, right after the Escale Borély.

Avenue Georges Pompidou – 13008

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